Goal Setting for the New Year

As the New Year approaches the internet is swamped with articles about resolutions, statistics on how many are broken, and advice on how to keep them.  I offer a different approach.  Goal setting for 2014.Goals 2014

Many of you have heard of the S.M.A.R.T. approach to goal setting.  In this post I will revisit this concept and add a couple of items toward S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal setting.

“Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” –Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” —Jim Rohn

Working with “Your” Team

This past weekend, while most folks were watching college football, a group of 12 dedicated dentists gathered in a board room to discuss some rather difficult clinical cases.

istock_buildingteamDuring the course, various topics such as occlusion, treatment sequencing, lab costs, TMJ health, dental implant options, bone grafting, restorative options, etc., were discussed.

However, one theme kept surfacing.

Intentional Leadership

Modern Practice - Mary J. Lore
August 2013


While studying for my upcoming board re-certification exam I got side-tracked and found this article.  It reminded me that we can be “reactive” to the things happening in our life OR we can work to “create” the life we want for ourselves.  It is a very quick read so check it out.

Leadership and Self Deception (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc, 2010)

While attending a Biomet 3i Business Skills Academy session in Denver, our lecturer, Dr. Brent Boyce made a recommendation that I read this book.


While waiting on my flight home I was browsing one of the concourse bookstores and picked up a copy.

I read the majority of the book on my flight and finished the remainder that evening.

This book is written as a parable and promotes the idea that we often view and treat others as objects rather than people.

This is considered being “in the box” and limits our potential.

While “in the box” we exhibit self-betrayal which leads to self-deception.

When we are self-deceived we tend to

  • Inflate others faults
  • Inflate our own self-worth and value
  • Justify our self-betrayal
  • Blame others

To get “out of the box” we should do our best to help others succeed and accomplish their goals.

All in all, a very good read.

It will make you think about how you approach others.

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
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